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IBEW ‘Angels’ Brighten Detroit Woman’s Dark, Cold Home

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A 90-year-old Detroit woman in need of hands-on help to light and warm her home got an early Christmas visit from some community “angels,” as she called them, including a pair of IBEW representatives.

“She was very grateful, very thankful,” Byron Osbern said. “We had a long talk about angels.”

Osbern and Nick Chapital, business representatives for Detroit Local 58, happily spent Friday morning, Dec. 15, replacing and repairing plugs, switches and light fixtures in the duplex where Laura McCrory has lived for 60 years.

McCrory’s needs first came to the attention of The Heat and Warmth Fund of Detroit, which learned she’d been using her oven for heat since her aged boiler broke two years ago.

THAW staff called Michigan State Rep. Henry Yanez, who spoke with Jeannette Bradshaw, Local 58’s Political Action Committee registrar, at the state capitol. She called the local to find someone to help.

Laura McCrory’s Detroit home is brighter and warmer thanks to community volunteers, including IBEW Local 58 representatives. Screenshot/